Accounting Tips for Controlling your Finances

A business can perform at its optimal level when its finances are under control. Maintaining a good balance of funding is vital and adequate budgeting will reduce the chances of any ‘surprises’ arising in the form of taxes, bills or other expenses. A good budgeting plan will alleviate financial concerns and allow the business to focus on doing what it does best. When budgeting your expenditure each year, it is important to critically review all costs and get comparative quotes. It may seem easier to just take last year’s numbers and add on a percentage but your budgets should always reflect the changes in the business environment.

Focus on aligning expenses with revenue so that the business maintains a good cash flow.


The cycle from the ordering of the inventory to invoicing customers and then to collecting accounts receivable, must be managed in the optimal manner. If you use an overdraft account, ensure that it is appropriate for you. Use borrowed money wisely in order to grow your business rather than viewing the borrowings as a burden.

Keeping tabs on your customer database and knowing your customers is a great help in improving your cash-flow and avoiding unnecessary upheavals. A business is a product of its customers and happy customers are a good referral source for your business. Look for the positives and use the negatives not to deter you, but to your advantage. Remember that small and continuous improvements lead to great improvements over the year.

Aim to run the best business that you can and stay slightly ahead of your opposition. Your business can do very nicely without being the most profitable or the biggest business in Australia, so long it is run like a well-oiled machine.